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Examining the possibilities of abuse of power without the constraint of New Public Administration.
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Deputy with credit card debt, foreclosure notice on home arrested

A Polk County deputy sheriff was arrested after making $1,000 for hours he really wasn't working at the department, court records show.
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This is also a managerial failure:  It's important to have controls on Time and Attendance (T&A) just like we have accounting controls on the finances.  It takes two to tango and it takes two to fill out a time card: one to record what time they worked and a supervisor who takes them to task for any discrepancies.  If you have a good system in place, no one would ever dream of padding hours.

 

Shame on the employee, but also shame on this department if they didn't practice admin control on the T&A.

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Laura Lee Smith's comment, March 10, 2015 5:24 PM
I agree, I check all my staff timesheets BEFORE I sign them. I realize not everyone is honest and it's my job to keep good records and pay attention to detail. Failure on both sides of the fence here.
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People require ‘safety beyond policing’ – civil rights advocate on NYPD ‘stop-and-frisk’ program


In the face of criticism against several police departments, New York City cops are revamping their controversial stop-and-frisk program. However, civil rights proponents and New Yorkers in general do not believe that the NYPD are making any real effort with these changes. RT’s Ben Swann speaks with Dante Barry, the executive director of Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, about the divide between the NYPD and the community it has sworn to protect.


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Ferguson police chief stays

Ferguson police chief stays | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
ST. LOUIS - Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson was still on the job Friday, two days after a government report blasted his beleaguered department for years of racial profiling, and the mayor refused to speculate about the chief's future, saying his role was not to "just chop heads."
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Eric Holder Prepared To Dismantle Ferguson Police Department If 'Necessary'

Eric Holder Prepared To Dismantle Ferguson Police Department If 'Necessary' | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
By Julia Edwards

WASHINGTON, March 6 (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday the Justice Department would use its full authority to demand police reforms in Ferguson, Missouri, including possibly going so far as dismantling th...
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CHP: Plainclothes cop justified in drawing gun at protesters in melee

CHP: Plainclothes cop justified in drawing gun at protesters in melee | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
By David DeBolt Contra Costa Times OAKLAND, Calif. The California Highway Patrol has concluded a plainclothes officer acted within department policy when he drew his gun and pointed it at protesters
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A New Estimate Of Killings By Police Is Way Higher -- And Still Too Low

A New Estimate Of Killings By Police Is Way Higher -- And Still Too Low | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
We still don't know how many people the police kill in the U.S. annually. But we're getting closer. In the past two months, the president and his attorney general have said they need better data on...
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Community Ferguson discussion to better relationship between police and public

Western students and Bellingham community members gathered to discuss the concepts of race and citizenship in light of last summer’s events in Ferguson.
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A ‘grey area’ over new state police commissioner’s uniform

There is a controversy brewing over Governor Tom Wolf's nominee for state police commissioner. It's a cabinet position, but Colonel Marcus Brown, 50, says he will wear a state police uniform and carry a gun even though he didn't graduate from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy. Brown has been wearing the grey uniform to work…
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Give me a break, he's been a cop for years in neighboring states, which are so close and small, they'd be counties on the Western side of the country.  So, he hasn't been through your academy?  Is your academy so much more professional than the one 100 miles away across state lines?  Do you really want to perpetuate the image of cops always having to whip out their wedding tackle to see who has the biggest johnson?

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Red Bank police officer charged in violent arrest, resigns from department

Red Bank police officer charged in violent arrest, resigns from department | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Red Bank police officer Mark Kaylor has been charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and official misconduct for his role in the violent arrest of a Hispanic man in April 2014.
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Laura Lee Smith's comment, March 10, 2015 5:27 PM
You know, it's funny we hear all about unresolved shootings or ones where police were cleared but we hear nothing about cases like this one.
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Ferguson Police Employee Fired, Two Suspended for Racist Emails

A Ferguson, Missouri, police official has been fired and two others are on administrative leave pending an investigation of racist emails uncovered by the U....
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How the DOJ Reforms a Police Department Like Ferguson – Criminal Justice - FRONTLINE

How the DOJ Reforms a Police Department Like Ferguson – Criminal Justice - FRONTLINE | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Ferguson is one of of more than 30 departments that have been compelled to make changes to its police force.

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9 Social Panics That Gripped the Nation, Were Totally False, and Did Horrible Lasting Damage

It's a lot worse than, "Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!" The latest in AlterNet's Fear in America series.
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#10.  Cops have latent racism.  Even cops of color are racist.

 

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Man Killed by LA Cops Was Using Stolen Identity: Authorities

Man Killed by LA Cops Was Using Stolen Identity: Authorities | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The homeless man who was shot to death by Los Angeles police in a confrontation that was captured on dramatic cellphone video was a convicted bank robber liv...
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University 'Ethics Boards' As A Way To Evade Scientific Controversy

University 'Ethics Boards' As A Way To Evade Scientific Controversy | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

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Black Teen Tony Robinson Shot Dead by Cop in Madison, Wisconsin

Black Teen Tony Robinson Shot Dead by Cop in Madison, Wisconsin | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A 19-year-old black man was shot dead Friday during a confrontation with a police officer in Madison, Wisconsin, according to police.A family spokesman said ...
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Ferguson Officials Suspended After DOJ Report Have Resigned, City Confirms

Two Ferguson, Missouri, police officers have resigned after a Justice Department report highlighted racist emails sent by police and court employees, a spoke...
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The Interview - Do police interrogation techniques produce false confessions? The New Yorker

The Interview - Do police interrogation techniques produce false confessions? The New Yorker | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
On December 14, 1955, Darrel Parker came home for lunch from his job as a forester in Lincoln, Nebraska. A recent graduate of Iowa State, he had moved to Lincoln with his wife, Nancy, who worked as a dietician for a flour-and-noodle company and had a cooking show on the local television station. He found her dead in their bedroom. Her face was battered, her hands and feet were bound, and a cord had been knotted around her neck. The medical examiner later determined that she had been raped before

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A Cheat Sheet For Comey's Speech On Race And Policing

A Cheat Sheet For Comey's Speech On Race And Policing | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
FBI Director James Comey’s Thursday speech on race and law enforcement is getting a lot of attention for what The New York Times called its “unusually candid” assessment of a wide range of issues: ...
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DOJ Shows Ferguson’s — & America’s — School Discipline Crisis

Back in August, amid the uproar of the senseless slaying of 18-year-old Michael Brown by now-former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, Dropout Nation detailed how the Ferguson-Florissant School District overused out-of-school suspensions and other forms of harsh school discipline. The fact...
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Training Police Departments to Be Less Biased

Training Police Departments to Be Less Biased | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
An interview with an expert who’s been working with police departments in American cities.
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Laura Lee Smith's comment, March 10, 2015 5:26 PM
This is exactly what I was talking about in the question I created for our midterm.
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The Residents of Ferguson Do Not Have a Police Problem. They Have a Gang Problem.

Darren Wilson is not the first member of a gang to be accused of something he did not do. If only the cops of Ferguson extended to their own citizens the same due process he received.
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Ferguson was bad.  Interesting article.

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Stoned rabbits? DEA agent says medical marijuana endangers bunnies

Stoned rabbits? DEA agent says medical marijuana endangers bunnies | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
At illegal grow sites, he said, his team saw “even rabbits that had cultivated a taste for the marijuana, where one of them refused to leave us.” Even after Fairbanks and his group cleared the space of weed, the rabbit’s “natural instincts to run were somehow gone,” he added.
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In other news, Elmer Fudd held a press conference to say: "Well, that expwains awot, huh-huh-huh!"

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Rob Duke's curator insight, March 6, 2015 1:32 AM

In other news, Elmer Fudd held a press conference to say: "Well, that expwains awot, huh-huh-huh!"

Rodney Ebersole's comment, March 8, 2015 12:39 AM
The idea that the DEA is trying to use the example that rabbits that eat at weed fields lose their natural instinct to run away is rather ridiculous. If weed made rabbits die instantly or turned into monster bunnies that ate the deer population than maybe the DEA has something to talk about. This just sounds like they are grasping at straws to try and keep all marijuana illegal. If they have real data and science showing marijuana having harmful ways then by all means, use them, otherwise they just come off looking stupid.
Rob Duke's comment, March 8, 2015 3:33 AM
Yeah, Rod, what can you say to this? It's either sophomoric, or it's calculated b.s. Either way, mocking it seems like the appropriate response.
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DOJ: Wilson won't be charged in Ferguson fatal shooting

DOJ: Wilson won't be charged in Ferguson fatal shooting | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A scathing report denounces the Ferguson Police Department for biased law enforcement.
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LAPD Involved In Another Skid Row Confrontation After Man Attacks FOX 11 Camera (VIDEO)

LAPD Involved In Another Skid Row Confrontation After Man Attacks FOX 11 Camera (VIDEO) | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
(FOX 11) - RELATED | Officials: Homeless Man Killed In Police Shooting Stole French IdentityRELATED | LAPD Chief: Homeless Man Grabbed Officer's Pistol Prior To Fatal ShootingCopyright 2015 FOX 11 ...

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Are The Racial Disparities In Ferguson's Traffic Stops Unusual?

Are The Racial Disparities In Ferguson's Traffic Stops Unusual? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
For years, black residents of Ferguson, Missouri, have been disproportionately targeted by the city’s police officers for traffic stops, according to a damning Justice Department report released We...
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